Lexus and its CT has updated 200h sedan with design and safety upgrades to the six-year-old hybrid to date, as it is in its twilight time.
The CT 200h is due to be replaced by a production version of the UX – concept in the next one or two years, but sales in the UK have remained strong. The UK has the CT 200h s best-selling market in Europe since the launch in 2011, with 27,000 UK-registrations, accounting for more than a third, that the model s sales in the region. As such, many of the changes to the 2018 car is available to order now, the British taste in mind.
Lexus slight visual tweaks applied to the exterior, centered around a new mesh grille and the new metallic grey surrounds for the fog lights. At the rear, the car gets new L-shaped details in the rear lights and a re-shaped bumper, with a grey lower section, as well as gray surrounds for the rear reflectors, with the fog at the front.
Inside, a new 10.3 infotainment touch screen with satellite-navigation was added to the center console on all but the entry-level model. The variant, the SE sticks with the 7.0 in the screen of the old car and comes with sat-nav. Customers can also choose from a wider range of colors for the upholstery, the the existing two-tone smooth-leather, part fabric and Tahara leather-effect Material, as well as an all-fuel option-new in the updated car.
As revealed at the Frankfurt motor show last month, Lexus’, updated CT 200h will also come with the brand Safety System+, which includes a pre-collision braking system that works between 6mph and 50 mph and can detect obstacles, including pedestrians. The hardware also allows for adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, while the driver assistance functions are enhanced by automatic high-beam and road sign assist-tech.
Lexus is simplified, the CT 200h is the trim line-up from seven to five variants, ditching the Executive Edition, luxury, and Sport the trims-to create a facelift car, a new trim selection. The specifications for those cars were absorbed into the smaller line-up, now from the SE, luxury, F Sport and Premier models, with additional SE Plus Pack and F-Sport Premier-Packs also available.
The entry-level SE comes with dual-zone air conditioning, 16 inch alloy wheels and rain-sensing wipers, and a rearview camera and six-speaker audio system. The SE Plus package adds Lexus Safety System+, 17in wheels, rear Parking sensors and sat NAV. Models prior to this gain, keyless entry, heated front seats, privacy glass and front and rear Parking sensors. A 13-speaker surround-sound system is also available, while the F Sport gets trim custom exterior parts to the aggression on the body.
No changes were made to the CT 200h petrol-electric hybrid drive, so it retains the 134bhp 1.8-Liter engine, electric motor, engine and CVT transmission, the pre-update car. Lexus claims 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle.
Order books for the latest Generation of Lexus’ smallest model are now open, with prices starting at £23,495 – an increase of £910. The UX, a concept, a preview of a future compact crossover model, eventually spawn a production version in place of the CT 200h. There are some time is due to Start in the next two years.